The Female Aner in Antiquity and Contemporary Representations

Aner is a term that can be equated with manliness, great physical strength and great heart. In the era of The Iliad and The Odyssey, an aner is what a real man is; today, I would equate the aner to our modern notions of what makes a superhero. However, the Greeks were very modern in…

Odysseus: The Modern Hero

Reading The Iliad in 2015 is a conundrum. We have to reconcile our modern cultural values, our ideas of heroism and our image of these mythic figures that is informed by movies starring Brad Pitt and throwaway references to things such as the famous Achilles Heel in television with what is given to us on…